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Not allowing jet lag to stop us we began our BIG adventure via segway shortly after dropping our bags at the hotel. I highly recommend taking a segway tour the first day, especially in large cities, to get a lay of the land. On our tour we were able to see several sights including; Hotel Invalides, Pont Neuf, Orsay Museum, Tuileries Gardens, The Louvre, and Place de La Concorde. Segway Tours are often offered during the day and at night.
HOTEL INVALIDES - NAPOLEAN'S TOMB
Versailles can easily be seen in a half day. We took an early morning train to the palace. It is an easy 15 minute walk from the metro to the entrance gates. Versailles is breathtaking not only for its size but also for its beauty. My favorite space within the palace is the famous Hall of Mirrors. Before heading back to Paris be sure to take time to walk around the quaint streets and have a coffee at one of the cafes!
The second half of our day consisted of Musee Rodin, Hotel Invalides - Napolean's Tomb, and a trip to the top of the Eiffel Tower. In my mind no trip to Paris is complete without a trip to the top!
BASILICA OF SACRE - COEUR
BOAT TOUR OF SEINE
We began our third day in Paris with a tour of the Opera Garnier. The walls and floors were covered in marble. It was stunning. From there we set off by train to the Moulin Rouge for a photo op and then to Montmarte to visit the Basilica of Sacre - Coeur.
We opted to visit the Louvre at the very end of the day when discounted tickets were offered. We did not have as much time to wander but it was plenty of time to the see Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, and other iconic works of art. The plus side to going late in the evening is avoiding the crowds.
Our day concluded with a romantic evening boat tour. The Seine River is another fabulous way to explore the city! We took our evening boat tour through Bateaux-Mouches.
ARC DE TRIOMPHE
NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL
Climbing 250 stairs to the top of the Arc de Triomphe is how we began our fourth day in Paris!
Most women, including myself, cannot leave Paris without a stroll down Champs Elysees. So we did just that. After concluding my window shopping, we toured the Notre Dame Cathedral.
This was a free day for us. We took the opportunity to go to Mont Saint Michel. We opted for a tour arranged through our hotel. It was fabulous. I think it is a day trip everyone should take. If there had been even more time we would have done a trip to Normandy. There are several tour companies that off day trips to Normandy and D-Day Beaches from Paris.
All in all, we had 5 full days and 5 Nights in Paris. I think 5 full days is necessary to see everything Paris has to offer without being rushed. Day 5 as I said was a free day but it is always nice to have an extra day when visiting such a large city to have the opportunity to re-visit a landmark, go to something you learn about from a local, or use it to see surrounding cities and towns.
PARIS, THE CITY OF LIGHTS AND LOVE, WAS THE PERFECT FIRST CITY FOR OUR EUROPEAN HONEYMOON.
Next Stop: Dublin, Ireland